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Irish Folktales for Children

If your young reader is searching for tales for St. Patrick’s Day or loves adventure and a fair bit of humor, check out this selection of folktales from Ireland! From leprechauns to giants, these folktales will keep your reader enchanted! The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your fan of fairy tales.


Amazon Says: When a poor Irish peddler follows the instructions given to him by Saint Patrick in a dream, his life is greatly changed more...
Amazon Says: When a poor Irish peddler follows the instructions given to him by Saint Patrick in a dream, his life is greatly changed less...
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Jessica M. Says: This is an original tale by Teresa Bateman. Be sure to check out some of her other works!
Amazon Says: Patrick O'Kelley upsets the king and others in his town because of the lies and boastful stories he is constantly telling, so while preparing for a county blarney contest, the more...
Amazon Says: Patrick O'Kelley upsets the king and others in his town because of the lies and boastful stories he is constantly telling, so while preparing for a county blarney contest, the king decides, once and for all, to teach Patrick a lesson. less...
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The King Of Ireland's Son by Brendan Behan
Amazon Says: The adventures of three king's sons, who are challenged to find the source of the heavenly music heard throughout the kingdom, include encounters with hospitable old men, a ca more...
Amazon Says: The adventures of three king's sons, who are challenged to find the source of the heavenly music heard throughout the kingdom, include encounters with hospitable old men, a captured maiden, lots of food, and a fierce giant with an appetite for princes. less...
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Amazon Says: Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He's a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the f more...
Amazon Says: Finn McCool is the largest giant in all of Ireland. He's a fierce warrior, even beating the giant Culcullan and saving Ireland from the Scots. Helpful and kind, he helps the farmers bring in the hay. And everyone in the village of Drumnahoon admires him. "He's the best-hearted man that ever walked on Ireland's green grass." But for all his strength, courage, and goodness, there's one thing that Finn lacks. He's just not smart. And he knows it. When a wise man living in a nearby village tells Finn about a magical red salmon with the wisdom of the world, Finn sets out to catch the fish. And he learns a thing or two about himself in the process. An author of more than 250 children's books, Eve Bunting has won numerous awards and honors, including a Pen International Special Achievement award for her contribution to Children's Literature. In 2002 she was chosen to be Irish American Woman of the Year by the Irish American Heritage Committee of New York. She lives in Pasadena, California. Zachary Pullen's picture-book illustrations have won awards and garnered starred reviews. He has been honored several times with acceptance into the prestigious Society of Illustrators juried shows and Communication Arts Illustration Annual of the best in current illustration. Zak lives in Wyoming. less...
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Amazon Says: With the help of the brains and magic of his brave and clever wife Oonagh, Finn MacCoul bests the fearsome giant, Cucullin, in a retelling of an ancient Irish folktale. By the more...
Amazon Says: With the help of the brains and magic of his brave and clever wife Oonagh, Finn MacCoul bests the fearsome giant, Cucullin, in a retelling of an ancient Irish folktale. By the author of The Bear and the Bird King. less...
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The Irish Cinderlad by Shirley Climo
Amazon Says: A twist on the classic story of Cinderella is told in an age-old Irish tale of a young boy, Cinderlad, who is faced with hardships, struggles, and battles but comes through vi more...
Amazon Says: A twist on the classic story of Cinderella is told in an age-old Irish tale of a young boy, Cinderlad, who is faced with hardships, struggles, and battles but comes through victoriously in the end, when he finds true love and lives happily forever. less...
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The Swan Children by David Day
Amazon Says: The Magician-King's four grandchildren are transformed into swans by their jealous stepmother and remain enchanted for a thousand years more...
Amazon Says: The Magician-King's four grandchildren are transformed into swans by their jealous stepmother and remain enchanted for a thousand years less...
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Amazon Says: After his wife is injured, Jamie O'Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland, must find a way to feed his family and luckily bumps into a leprechaun with a batch of magic seeds. more...
Amazon Says: After his wife is injured, Jamie O'Rourke, the laziest man in Ireland, must find a way to feed his family and luckily bumps into a leprechaun with a batch of magic seeds. less...
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Amazon Says: After disturbing a dead man in his grave an Irish girl nearly pays with her life, but thanks to her cleverness and bravery she finds love and riches instead. more...
Amazon Says: After disturbing a dead man in his grave an Irish girl nearly pays with her life, but thanks to her cleverness and bravery she finds love and riches instead. less...
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Amazon Says: Ten traditional Irish stories follow the adventures of leprechauns, giants, and fairies in such tales as "The Children of Lir," "Ti+a7r na n-O+a7g," and "The Pot of Gold." more...
Amazon Says: Ten traditional Irish stories follow the adventures of leprechauns, giants, and fairies in such tales as "The Children of Lir," "Ti+a7r na n-O+a7g," and "The Pot of Gold." less...
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Tim O'Toole and the Wee Folk by Gerald McDermott
Amazon Says: A very poor Irishman is provided with magical things by the "wee folk", but he must then keep his good fortune out of the hands of the evil McGoons more...
Amazon Says: A very poor Irishman is provided with magical things by the "wee folk", but he must then keep his good fortune out of the hands of the evil McGoons less...
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Amazon Says: In a retelling of an Irish folktale, the prince of Ireland's stepmother curses him to stay no longer than two nights anywhere until he brings her a giant's horses from the wes more...
Amazon Says: In a retelling of an Irish folktale, the prince of Ireland's stepmother curses him to stay no longer than two nights anywhere until he brings her a giant's horses from the western edge of the world. less...
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Jessica M. Says: An original tale that weaves together several motifs of a traditional Irish ghost story!
Amazon Says: Acclaimed nonfiction author Jim Murphy now turns his hand to spinning yarns. Fergus O’Mara, a resourceful Irish lad, is especially clever at avoiding work. On his way to an more...
Amazon Says: Acclaimed nonfiction author Jim Murphy now turns his hand to spinning yarns. Fergus O’Mara, a resourceful Irish lad, is especially clever at avoiding work. On his way to an evening of fun, he encounters the dreaded Night-Demon. Fergus keeps on walking, but this demon means business, and our hero will have to work hard to get himself out of a “grave” situation. With haunting humor and high spirits, Jim Murphy and John Manders have created a suspenseful tale that’s scary enough for a Halloween read-aloud and funny enough to be enjoyed at any time. Author’s note. less...
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Brave Margaret: An Irish Adventure by Robert D. San Souci
Amazon Says: Margaret has a brave heart. She dreams of adventure and longs to travel to distant lands, so when a tall ship appears in the harbor, headed north to the Kingdoms of the Cold, more...
Amazon Says: Margaret has a brave heart. She dreams of adventure and longs to travel to distant lands, so when a tall ship appears in the harbor, headed north to the Kingdoms of the Cold, Margaret won't be left behind. But adventures are perilous things. Soon Margaret must face a ferocious sea serpent and even worse dangers. And she must discover the truth about an old woman with strange powers and mysterious plans, or she'll never find a way to bring herself and her true love safely home. Acclaimed author Robert D. San Souci spins a tale of magic, battles, and romance in this traditional Irish story of a young woman whose courage astonishes her enemies -- and even herself. less...
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Amazon Says: Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too more...
Amazon Says: Clever Tom Fitzpatrick thinks his fortune is made when he captures a leprechaun and forces him to reveal the hiding place of his gold, but the leprechaun is clever too less...
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Fairy Tales of Ireland by William Butler Yeats
Amazon Says: A collection of Irish fairy tales, with a concentration on the fairies themselves, including "The Stolen Child," "The Witches' Excursion," and "The Horned Women." more...
Amazon Says: A collection of Irish fairy tales, with a concentration on the fairies themselves, including "The Stolen Child," "The Witches' Excursion," and "The Horned Women." less...
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